Music Lessons in Grand Forks, ND - Popplers Music

Popplers Music offers a semester-based music lesson program in Grand Forks featuring weekly, 30-minute lessons. 60-minute lessons are available upon request. Our semesters loosely follow our public school calendar, although the number of weeks per semester will vary. Students may join the music lessons program at any point in time. The fall and spring semesters will feature a recital to cap off the season, and while it is optional, it is highly encouraged to participate! Lesson fees are determined by each teacher, ranging between $20 and $40/half hour and all music lessons occur during regular store hours. Please contact the store for further details!


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Amber Sickler
Amber Sickler (Piano) Since January 2022

Amber spent her youth in Glendive, Montana and after a two-year stint at Dickinson State University, is now attending the University of North Dakota, where she is studying music education. She plans to graduate in the spring of 2024. When Amber isn’t studying, you can find her playing video games or on the hardcourt with the UND Tennis Club. In 2020, she spent a week dressing up and taking part in the Miss Montana pageant! While it was sometimes stressful, she still enjoyed every second of it.


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Ana Castro
Ana Castro (Cello/Piano) Since August 2023

Ana grew up in Tegucigalpa, Honduras! She attended college and received her bachelor’s degree in music performance at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras in 2021. Currently a graduate student at the University of North Dakota, Ana is planning to graduate in May 2024. Outside of music, Ana enjoys making handmade jewelry, coloring, and loves playing board games with her friends!


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Angela Erickson
Angela Erickson (Piano) since February 2016

Angela grew up in Christine, ND and attended the University of North Dakota, earning her degree in elementary education in 2010. Outside of her music life, Angela enjoys reading, watching movies, playing piano and blogging about entertainment. She was on the news the day she was born, but no one was there to blog about it!


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Brianna Joerger
Brianna Joerger (Piano) Since July 2023

Brianna comes from a musical family, growing up on a farm near Mayville, ND. She graduated from high school in May 2023 and is currently a team member of the sheet music department here at Popplers Music. Outside of music, she enjoys riding horses. Did you know that Brianna is also a trick rider? Trick riding is basically gymnastics on horseback!


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Cameron Clift
Cameron Clift (Flute / Oboe / Saxophone / Clarinet) Since August 2023

Cameron grew up in Brainerd, Minnesota! She attended Bemidji State University for music education, changing to music performance after two years. She is currently finishing up her master’s degree. She likes to take her kids to museums and parks for fun. Cameron also has an identical twin who plays low brass and is mistaken for her (or vice versa) all over town!


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Eunsong Kim
Eunsong Kim (Piano) Since September 2022

Eunsong grew up in Seoul, Korea and currently attends the University of North Dakota, where she is pursuing a Ph.D. in music education. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education (2014) and a master’s in music education (2017) from the Seoul National University of Education. Eunsong also studied at Tokyo Gakugei University in Japan for one year as an exchange student. She has previously taught in both Korea and China as an elementary teacher and music teacher, respectively. When she has a chance to get away from music, Eunsong enjoys talking with friends and family in Korea, going for a walk or drive, and taking a rest with a sip of coffee! She has lived in four countries and traveled to around 20 others. She loves to travel and enjoys the new environments as they have had a multicultural impact on her life!


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Gary Fulsebakke

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Giles Askim
Giles Askim (Trombone / Euphonium / Tuba) Since January 2023

Giles was born and raised in Williston, ND and is currently studying music education at the University of North Dakota, with plans to graduate in 2025. When he’s not playing tuba or trombone or euphonium, he enjoys watching movies and sitcoms. Giles once spent a few weeks in Germany and took the opportunity to climb the world’s tallest church!


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James Flores
James Flores (Guitar) Since January 2022

James comes to us from the Lone Star State, specifically Corpus Christi, Texas. He moved to Grand Forks at the age of 10 and currently attends the University of North Dakota, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in music with an emphasis in guitar. He plans to graduate in the fall of 2022. When James isn’t studying, you can find him exercising, playing video games, or watching movies. Because of Mick Jagger’s incredible longevity, James has been able to see one of his favorite bands live in concert three times!


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Jenna Tullis
Jenna Tullis (Piano) Since January 2020

Jenna grew up in Sauk Centre, MN and attended the University of North Dakota, earning degrees in music therapy and piano performance in 2016. She is currently pursuing a Master of Science in music therapy at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Outside of her music life, Jenna enjoys cooking, knitting, and spending time with friends and family, including her Irish twin, who is 364 days younger than her!


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Jonas Fisher
Jonas Fisher (Piano) Since August 2022

Jonas comes to us from Warroad, MN. He holds a bachelor’s degree in piano performance from the University of North Dakota and a master’s degree in composition from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, as well as a Professional Studies Certificate in Technology and Applied Composition. Besides playing piano, he enjoys riding bike, hiking, drinking tea, and spending time with friends and family, especially as proud uncle Jonas to his seven nieces and nephews. At the ripe age of 18, on his birthday no less, Jonas was a featured presenter at the 2015 Grand Forks TEDx event!


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Katie Cermak
Katie Cermak (Flute/Piano) Since September 2020

Katie Cermak teaches flute and piano here at Popplers Music. Originally from Mandan, ND, she now studies music education at the University of North Dakota. She enjoys spending time with her niece and nephews and reading as much as she can!


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Kétina François
Kétina François (Voice / Piano / Double Bass) Since September 2023

Hi! I’m Ketina Francois, a Junior at the University of North Dakota, born and raised in Bismarck, ND. Double majoring in Music and Spanish Education, I’m not only dedicated to my studies but also to my musical talents, proficient in piano, double bass, and vocals. Beyond the world of music, I enjoy bike rides and quality time with friends, and here’s a fun fact – I’m fluent in Haitian Creole!


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Mario Batista
Mario Batista (Violin / Viola) Since August 2023

Mario grew up in Curitiba, in the south of Brazil. He graduated in 2021 from the Escola de Musica e Belas Artes do Parana (School of Music and Fine Arts of Parana) with a Bachelor in Viola. Italian cuisine is Mario’s favorite to cook as well as Brazilian food. He also likes learning languages such as Spanish, German, and Italian. Mario has a strong bond with nature. He grew up on a farm in Brazil, growing plants and taking care of animals.


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Mary Ann Crow
Mary Ann Crow (Voice / Piano) Since July 2022

Mary Ann grew up in Bottineau, ND, as well as Lake Metigoshe, just a short drive from International Music Camp. Lucky her! After studying opera and choral music, piano performance, and German language at both Minot State University and Universität Konstanz in Baden-Württemberg, Germany, she earned her Bachelor of Science in secondary education in 1990. When she’s not teaching, Mary Ann enjoys quilting, sewing, reading, watching films, cooking, baking, and traveling. In addition to playing in church since the age of 12, she also says, “Ich spreche Deutsch!” Mary Ann speaks German!


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Mary Morales
Mary Morales (Saxophone / Clarinet) Since June 2022

Mary grew up in a military family, spending parts of her life in New Mexico, Texas, Florida, Portugal, and most recently Okinawa, Japan before making the trek to Grand Forks. She earned her Bachelor of Art in Music in 2020 and her Master’s in Music Education in 2022, both from the University of North Dakota. When she isn’t playing several different instruments, Mary likes to draw, play video games, and watch anime. She also likes to collect Pokémon plushies, ship models, and antique teacups!


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Mike Blake
Mike Blake (Drums / Percussion) Since May 2019

Mike grew up in Marion, ND and attended the University of North Dakota, earning a bachelor’s degree in music education with an emphasis in percussion in 1974 and his master’s degree in 1976. He also studied privately with Marv Dahlgren, principal percussionist of the Minnesota Orchestra. Outside of his music life, Mike enjoys practicing, going to movies, and practicing (no, that’s not a typo!). He was fortunate to receive a donor heart over 25 years ago!


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Shelley Bares
Shelley Bares (Flute / Piano / Voice) Since August 2016

Shelley grew up in Grand Forks and earned a bachelor’s degree in music education and vocal pedagogy from UND in 1976 and completed her master’s degree at the University of St. Thomas in 2001. Outside of her music life, Shelley enjoys gardening, time with her kids and grandkids, and being at the lake. In college, Shelley spent two summers studying abroad in Norway!


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Sofi Morales
Sofi Morales (Violin / Viola) Since August 2023

Sofi was born in Mexico! She attended the University of the Art of Yucatán and studied violin performance, class of 2020. Outside of music, she enjoys cooking Mexican desserts – one of her favorites is ‘gorditas de nata’ (if you have not tried it, she will cook it for you!). Sofi broke her left ankle while climbing an old Mayan pyramid in Mexico a year before she came to Grand Forks.


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Spencer Black
Spencer Black (Guitar / Piano / Bass Guitar / Ukulele / Sax / Drums / Mandolin / Banjo / Composition) Since August 2015

Spencer grew up in Devils Lake, ND and attended Lake Region State College & the University of North Dakota, studying music education, music theory & composition, and criminal justice. Outside of his music life, Spencer enjoys crocheting. He is also a second degree blackbelt in Tae Kwon Do!


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Sydney Crockett
Sydney Crockett (Piano) Since August 2022

Sydney grew up in Langdon, ND and currently attends the University of North Dakota, where she is studying piano performance. She plans to graduate in the spring of 2025 and then pursue a master’s degree in pedagogy. In addition to playing piano, Sydney also enjoys playing flute, violin, cello, and singing! Outside of music, she enjoys baking, hanging out with family and friends, and interior decorating. She is also a huge hockey fan. During the hockey season, you can find her in the student section at the Ralph cheering on UND, while also keeping an eye up north on her favorite NHL team, the Winnipeg Jets!


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Taylor Blaine
Taylor Blaine (Piano / Guitar) Since August 2018

After developing a lifelong passion for music from years of piano and guitar lessons, I am thrilled to share my love and knowledge through engaging and inspiring lessons!


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Tyler York
Tyler York (French Horn) Since June 2021

Tyler spent part of his childhood moving from town to town in northwest Minnesota, eventually going to high school and graduating from May-Port CG in Mayville, ND. He earned his bachelor’s degree in music performance from the University of North Dakota in 2006. When Tyler is not making music, he enjoys hunting (mostly bow hunting for deer, but he does also enjoy rifle and muzzleloader deer hunting and waterfowl hunting). Tyler is also one of the repair technicians here at Popplers!


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